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These Popular Restaurant Appetizers Are a Complete Waste of Your Money

What’s better than some delicious restaurant appetizers to kick off a nice meal out? Money in your wallet, that’s what. But sadly, the starters section of the menu tempts many patrons. You might be thinking, “What’s the big deal?” But because we care about you and your bank account, we’re shedding some light on certain apps you definitely shouldn’t waste your money on.

As Jody Pennette, founder of CB5 Restaurant Group, explained to Forbes, there’s a reason restaurants have been able to successfully raise the price of appetizers over the past two decades. “This has gone under the radar because people form their perceptions of value by looking at the price of entrees,” Pennette says. “Restaurants keep mains as competitive as they can, knowing they have leeway in other parts of the menu.”

So remember, if you can whip it up at home with ingredients sitting in your pantry, it’s best to steer clear of these tasty temptations while dining out.

1. Macaroni and cheese

mac and cheese with a breadcrumb topping

mac and cheese with a breadcrumb topping You’re better off just making this at home. | iStock.com

Because macaroni and cheese falls into the pasta category, we’ll use some numbers we found on AOL. A bowl of pasta — that particular article is talking about pasta as an entree — typically costs the restaurant as little as $1. Yes, one measly dollar.

But how much are the folks of this fine dining establishment charging you for this appetizer? They do know their customers are well aware of how cheap a box of Kraft macaroni and cheese is, right? Or, better yet, here are some recipes you can make yourself. Because when it comes to ordering macaroni and cheese as an appetizer, it’s just not worth it.

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